I miss them every day, but I also know the work I am doing is important for them to take part in, even at a distance. They have adjusted amazingly well to a new school, without me home to help at night. I am proud of the juggling we have all done as a family. Being an actress in the New York theater is no different than being any other working mom—except it keeps me out at night. Going to bed late means I have to catch up on sleep with naps while doing whatever I can to connect to the children in every way possible. My family has taken on a lot of challenges so I can be a singer, and we talk about it often. I applaud them regularly for their strength, understanding, and flexibility. They also appreciate what a beautiful production I am in, and that it has a remarkably important message to give audiences.
We also know that one of the greatest things about New York City life is live theater. It is rare to have the opportunity to star in a show all of us believe in so strongly. The show will be over soon enough, and the next challenge of being an actress mommy will present itself. Until that happens, I will be able to slow down for a moment and make up for many missed bedtime kisses.
Though I sing at bedtime, it is not always a mother’s intimate lullaby. My hope is that my daughters will always hear two things in my song: That my voice is inspired by loving them, and that a woman’s work can be fascinating and fulfilling.
Main image: The author and her daughters backstage in her Finian’s Rainbow dressing room.